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When Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. announced that the follow-up to Man of Steel would feature a conflict between Batman and Superman, many questions were raised. The title is one; we’re using Batman vs Superman for the time being, but the final title could be different. The precise story is another question, especially since Snyder used a line from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns to introduce the concept to an audience at Comic C0n. While we know that the film won’t be a direct adaptation of Miller’s series, that planted a seed of expectation in fans.

The other big question is: who will play Batman? Warner Bros. needs a new actor, as Christian Bale’s time in the cowl expired with the end of Christopher Nolan’s directorial run. Armie Hammer, once cast as Batman in a Justice League film that never happened, has been once name people are asking about. He says he doesn’t want to do it. Armie’s interest or lack thereof might not even matter, as the new rumor is that Warner Bros. is willing to cast an older actor in the role — fueling more speculation that The Dark Knight Returns will be more of an influence than Snyder suggested at first. Read More »

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OK, here’s the official word about the future of the DC Universe on screen via Warner Bros. Or the official suggestion. Zack Snyder took the stage at the end of the DC panel, gesturing that moderator Chris Hardwick should move aside. Snyder said, “I’m gonna take the lectern from you, because some shit’s going to happen up here.”

Snyder continued:

It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie. And you say, Zack, what is the movie about? But you don’t want me to tell you that. You want to go and see the movie. But I can say that maybe there’s a single element that will be in the film that I could… help you out with. I was thinking about how to do that. I pored through the DC Universe to look for a way to tell this thing. We’re writing the thing now, but I came across a thing I found that’ll help you understand it.

And then Harry Lennix read this line, from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns: “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember your hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” That’s Batman speaking to Superman from the end of Miller’s story, and that quote blew the roof off Hall H. Read More »

You’re reading that headline correctly: this is the trailer for The Dark Knight Returns, rather than The Dark Knight Rises. The film in question is the animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s 1986 Batman graphic novel that changed the direction of the character and inspired Christopher Nolan’s take on the hero.

The first part of Warners’ direct to disc (and digital) adaptation of Miller’s story focuses on the terrible state of Gotham City after Batman’s ten-year absense, and the conflict with a gangland leader that brings the Bat back into the game. Read More »

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Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley helped change the comic book landscape when the first issue of their four-issue Batman reinvention The Dark Knight Returns was released in 1986. Those four issues have influenced film and television as well as comics; Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films are shaped to a great degree by the grim, violent vision of Batman put forth by Miller & Co.

The Dark Knight Returns has never been directly adapted to film or television, however, until now. Warner Bros. animation label DC Comics Premiere Movies is creating a two-part adaptation of the four-issue series. The good part is: Peter Weller (RoboCop) has been hired to voice Bruce Wayne and Batman. Read More »

What would it look like if other filmmakers took over the Batman franchise after Christopher Nolan? Want to see a new promo shot of the full Avengers team? What are the hidden clues in the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man? How much can you buy a Dark Knight Rises “themed” potato chip for? How is Superman attempting to save Don Draper from Mad Men? Does Stan Lee have confidence in Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man? And who does Garfield think should be the next Spider-Man? Read about this and a whole bunch more in today’s Superhero Bits.  Read More »

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